While it does a good job of introducing FPS online play, numerous flaws make it merely mediocre.
Arkthemaniac wrote this review on .
The campaign is one you've all seen before, so there's no point in talking about it other than to say that Medal of Honor is going to die very soon unless they mix it up a little.
Now, for the online play. In order to organize my list of grievances, I will make a list:
1. The weapons are imbalanced. There's really no point to using anything more than the SMG, Sniper Rifle or Rocket Launcher. The HMGs are pretty weak and the rifles are godawful, which is a huge dissappointment, since they're my favorite guns, especially the Kar.
2. You can start with any weapon you want. I know that it tries to borrow from Call of Duty, but with so many people that have rocket launchers, it's not that fun, which brings me to my next point.
3. The rocket launcers are an abomination. In the campaign, I remember that you couldn't move with the rocket launcher out. Well, by way of glitch or just change of rules, you can online. Also, since rockets explode, you'd think a perfectly viable strategy would be to ruch a rocketeer to make him unable to fire, since he'll kill himself as well. Sadly, the rockets don't harm the user, which is dumb as hell.
4. You start out with grenades. This is a problem since it makes invading an enemy base very difficult since the respawns can just chuck grenades, which has happened before. They're too powerful to start with.
5. The avatars make decieving movements. Once, I shot a guy in the knee, and he crippled over in pain. When I got closer to get an easy head shot, he fired his gun from his bent position. This means that while his avatar was crippled over, he could still see fine. That's just stupid and confusing.
6. Let's say you fire 16 MP40 slugs into some guy's legs. You then retreat for 10 seconds, come back, and finish the clip. The overall effect would be that of shooting 16 rounds into someone, since their health recharges. This is a problem since there's no health bar. It's just red on the sides, and it's difficult to judge how wounded you are. It seems as though they were trying to make it more "realistic" by not having a life bar, but they end up making a game where it's possible to be shot 100 times over the course of 5 minutes and survive. What's wrong with a health bar? Maybe, if you had a health bar, you would be able to see how little damage the rifles do. They basically covered their poorly thought out rifle damage balance by making your guy's into tanks that can withstand 2 clips if needed.
7. There's no team respawn points, or an option to spawn near allies. This makes it possible to spawn next to a group of enemy soldiers. This racks up your deaths pretty quickly.
8. It steals too much from Call of Duty. The red area outside the screen and starting with any weapon are CoD ideas. Get some originality, EA.
9. The game is less about cover and more about running in circles to dodge gunfire. Cover is pointless since you can never really tell if you're sticking out at all, so it becomes the "Shoot first or die jumping" mentality that plagues so many games. Also, you can't jump.
10. No matchmaking system. You can't find people of your skill level since there's no ranks. This makes the game frustrating since you'll be up against elite players as a noob and won't be able to get any better.
The sad thing is that the game lags very little. I just wish they thought about these problems more.
Another sad thing is that for the most part, the controls are great. Crouching and changing weapons may be a little awkward, but pretty much all of the action-specific movements are great and responsive. If you feel like using the Zapper, its a lot of fun. However, you'll ditch it while online pretty quickly since it does slow your aiming. Also, Arcade mode is a fresh distraction in the Medal of Honor series.
The game has so much potential, but falls flat on its face in execution. Nevertheless, it still manages to be the 2nd best FPS on the Wii behind Metroid Prime, granted that there's only five. It gives good hope for future online shooters, but it's really not that great. I may have been kinder to this game if Medal of Honor mixed it up a little. I've yet to play an awesome Vietnam game. Hopefully, their next attempt is better.